Rest in Peace Mildred Dowdley, Bill Bryan, and Betty Fuller of Bessemer, Alabama

Every now and then — more often than I like — I mark the passing of one of the great pit masters or founders of barbecue places and other great restaurants.  I did with another Bessemer place, then to remember Mr. Jimmy Koikos of the Bright Star.  I think it’s important to recognize their contribution. The current lockdown of our country, though, has really brought to the … Continue reading Rest in Peace Mildred Dowdley, Bill Bryan, and Betty Fuller of Bessemer, Alabama

New on the Blog — Our First Film Review

As regular readers know, this Blog is a great supporter of the Fine Arts.   You will recall, for example, from this post about music and the visual arts.  We celebrate all of those things that go into making a richer and fuller life, a life of movement from the shallows to the depths.  Since everyone is sitting at home watching television all day anyway, as a … Continue reading New on the Blog — Our First Film Review

Change of Date: The Inaugural Buxton Hall Smokeshow, Asheville, North Carolina

I just learned from my good friend, Fred Cooke, that the Inaugural Buxton Hall Smokeshow, originally scheduled for May 17, has been moved to August 23, 2020, for obvious reasons.  That should be a good time to head for some mountain air, and any time is a good time to eat barbecue.  There’ll be some whole hog barbecue stars there, as well as music and … Continue reading Change of Date: The Inaugural Buxton Hall Smokeshow, Asheville, North Carolina

The Best Quarantine Dining: 2fifty Texas BBQ, Riverdale Park, Maryland

UPDATE:  Their new place is open at 4700 Riverdale Rd, Riverdale Park.  Try it! What a great place to get barbecue!  I first went to 2fifty Texas as part of my duties with the Campaign for Real Barbecue to find places in the region that cook barbecue exclusively with wood or coals: no gas or electrical heat allowed.  As part of my duties, I ate … Continue reading The Best Quarantine Dining: 2fifty Texas BBQ, Riverdale Park, Maryland

Gianmarco’s, Homewood, Alabama

Birmingham, a major medical and research center outside Homewood, is home to not only great barbecue, but also some extraordinarily good fine dining. In 2018, Frank Stitt’s Highlands Bar and Grill was chosen as the Best Restaurant in the United States by the James Beard Foundation, and he’s been member of the Foundation’s Hall of Fame since 2011. He also owns nearby Bottega and Bottega … Continue reading Gianmarco’s, Homewood, Alabama

Wilber’s to Re-open!

At last the clouds are lifting. One of the great Eastern North Carolina barbecue places is well on the way to re-opening. Here’s the latest, which I learned, naturally, via the excellent Barbecue Bros blog, which all y’all should follow. If you’ve never eaten there, or even it you have, read this. Despite it’s greatness, Wilber’s was struck down by the malignity the North Carolina … Continue reading Wilber’s to Re-open!